One of the settlements that grew up along a line of springs between Guildford and Leatherhead, East Clandon lies immediately north of the main road (A246). The village has a complex plan although the road to Ripley reduces this in essence to a zig-zag road through the centre. Lanes leaving this produce a number of cells, each with a scattering of cottages around its edge, and this informality of layout is an important part of the local character. There are a number of timber-framed buildings with red brick infilling, in several cases refaced with red brick, and all the listed buildings have tiled roofs. This gives the village a unity lacking in its plan, while the mature colouring of the materials gives an added warmth to the place.
The nearby Hatchlands, a Grade I listed building, is owned by the National Trust and includes an interior of 1759 by Robert Adam, his earliest dated work.